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State of Connecticut Labor Situation Last Updated: November 16, 2017
Nonfarm jobs decline 6,600 in October; unemployment rate falls to 4.5% Connecticut Labor Situation - October 2017 PDF
WETHERSFIELD, November 16, 2017 - Preliminary Connecticut nonfarm job estimates from the business payroll survey administered by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show the state lost 6,600 net jobs (-0.4%) in October 2017, to a level of 1,680,600, seasonally adjusted. Over the year, nonagricultural employment in the state grew by 1,400 jobs (0.1%). September's originally-released job loss of 2,000 was revised upward by the BLS to a gain of 300 for the month. The number of the state's unemployed residents fell by 1,500, while the number of residents employed also fell by 6,400. As a result, Connecticut's unemployment rate fell by one-tenth of a point to 4.5% in October, seasonally adjusted. Resident employment estimates include the self-employed and residents working out of state and are determined separately from the nonfarm payroll job estimates above.

“October's decline of 6,600 seasonally adjusted payroll jobs is not good news, but it is not as bad as it appears,” said Andy Condon, Director of the Office of Research. “Nearly half the decline comes from the very seasonal leisure & hospitality sector. This loss is exaggerated because the very high summer peak season employment levels were well ahead of last year. In the fall, employment levels returned to a more typical pattern, making recent job losses appear extreme. On an annual average basis, Connecticut's leisure & hospitality employment levels are well ahead of last year.”

Nonfarm Jobs Detail (business establishment survey)

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Private Sector employment fell by 5,600 (-0.4%) to 1,449,700 jobs over the month in October, but remains up by 4,400 jobs (0.3%) over the year. The Government supersector declined by 1,000 (-0.4%) to 230,900 jobs last month and over-the-year losses are at -3,000, -1.3%. The Government supersector includes all federal, state and local employment, including public higher education and Native American casinos located on tribal land.

Seven of the ten major industry supersectors lost employment in October, while three increased. Construction and Mining led growing industries with 2,200 net new jobs (3.9%, 59,300 total jobs). Education and Health Services saw an increase of 500 jobs (0.2%, 333,700 total) while the Manufacturing supersector contributed 100 jobs (0.1%, 156,800 total).

On the downside, Leisure and Hospitality dropped an estimated 3,000 jobs in October (-1.9%, 154,000 total). However, this large drop is more reflective of declines from a very strong summer season to more typical levels than it is of any weakness in the industry. Other Services was next with a loss of 2,100 (-3.1%, 66,400 total). Trade, Transportation & Utilities shed 1,400 jobs (-0.5%, 297,700) with the retail component accounting for all of the loss. Financial Activities activities lost 1,000 positions (-0.8%, 132,400 total), although the supersector remains up in employment over the year. The Government supersector also lost 1,000 positions (-0.4, 230,900), continuing its long-term downward slide. The Information supersector lost 500 jobs (-1.6%, 31,600 total). Finally, Professional and Business Services lost 400 jobs (-0.2%, 217,800 total).

Connecticut has now recovered 72.5% (86,400 jobs) of the 119,100 seasonally adjusted jobs lost in the Great Recession (3/08-2/10). The job recovery is into its 92nd month and the state needs an additional 32,700 jobs to reach an overall nonfarm employment expansion. The state's Private Sector also slipped a bit in the recovery, regaining 92.4% (103,200) of the 111,700 private sector jobs lost in that same employment downturn. The Government supersector has lost a total of 24,200 positions since the recession began in March 2008.

Labor Market Information - Connecticut, Employment Sectors & United States Nonfarm Employment
Year to Year Month to Month Previous Three Months
Oct 2017 Oct 2016 Change Rate % Oct 2017 Sep 2017 Change Rate % Aug 2017 Jul 2017 Jun 2017
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data State of Connecticut Employment
go to Connecticut nonfarm employment data table Connecticut Nonfarm Employment 1,680,600 1,679,200 1,400 0.1% 1,680,600 1,687,200 -6,600 -0.4% 1,686,900 1,691,100 1,692,800
go to Private Sector sector data table Private Sector 1,449,700 1,445,300 4,400 0.3% 1,449,700 1,455,300 -5,600 -0.4% 1,454,100 1,458,200 1,459,000
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Goods Producing Industries
go to Construction sector data table Construction 58,700 58,600 100 0.2% 58,700 56,500 2,200 3.9% 57,700 58,700 60,500
go to Manufacturing sector data table Manufacturing 156,800 156,600 200 0.1% 156,800 156,700 100 0.1% 157,000 156,400 156,600
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Service Providing Industries
go to Transportation and Public Utilities sector data table Transportation and Public Utilities 297,700 298,100 -400 -0.1% 297,700 299,100 -1,400 -0.5% 298,000 299,900 298,200
go to Information sector data table Information 31,600 32,200 -600 -1.9% 31,600 32,100 -500 -1.6% 31,800 31,800 31,900
go to Financial Activities sector data table Financial Activities 132,400 130,400 2,000 1.5% 132,400 133,400 -1,000 -0.7% 132,100 133,000 132,800
go to Professional and Business Services sector data table Professional and Business Services 217,800 216,600 1,200 0.6% 217,800 218,200 -400 -0.2% 216,500 216,400 216,300
go to Educational and Health Services sector data table Educational and Health Services 333,700 330,700 3,000 0.9% 333,700 333,200 500 0.2% 333,300 333,400 333,200
go to Leisure and Hospitality sector data table Leisure and Hospitality 154,000 155,300 -1,300 -0.8% 154,000 157,000 -3,000 -1.9% 158,800 159,100 161,100
go to Other Services sector data table Other Services 66,400 66,200 200 0.3% 66,400 68,500 -2,100 -3.1% 68,400 68,900 67,800
go to Government sector data table Government 230,900 233,900 -3,000 -1.3% 230,900 231,900 -1,000 -0.4% 232,800 232,900 233,800
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data United States Employment
go to United States nonfarm employment data table United States Nonfarm Employment 147,010,000 145,006,000 2,004,000 1.4% 147,010,000 146,749,000 261,000 0.2% 146,731,000 146,523,000 146,385,000

Connecticut Labor Market Areas (LMAs): Four of the six LMAs that are seasonally adjusted by the BLS saw job losses in October 2017 and two were unchanged. The New Haven LMA led declines in October (-2,500, -0.9%, 284,000 total). The Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk LMA dropped by 700 (-0.2%, 411,800 total). The Danbury LMA dropped 800 jobs (-1.0%, 79,100 total) and the Waterbury LMA saw a small loss of 100 (-0.1%, 66,900 total). The Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford LMA and Norwich-New London-Westerly LMA were unchanged. Note: Six major Connecticut LMAs are estimated independently from the statewide data by the BLS and cover more than 90% of the nonfarm employment in the state. Thus, estimates will not fully sum to the statewide total.

Hours and Earnings: The Private Sector workweek, not seasonally adjusted, averaged 34.0 hours in October 2017, down two-tenths of an hour from the same month a year ago. Average hourly earnings at $31.52, not seasonally adjusted, were up $0.57 (1.8%) from the October 2016 estimate ($30.95). The resultant average Private Sector weekly pay amounted to $1,071.68, up $13.19 from a year ago (1.2%).

   AVG WEEKLY EARNINGS    AVG WEEKLY HOURS   AVG HOURLY EARNINGS
Oct CHG Sep           Oct CHG Sep               Oct CHG Sep
(Not seasonally adjusted) 2017 2016 Y/Y 2017 2017 2016 Y/Y 2017 2017 2016 Y/Y 2017
PRODUCTION WORKER                      
MANUFACTURING $1,026.27 $1,109.30 -$83.03 $1,045.00 41.6 43.4 -1.8 41.7 $24.67 $25.56 -$0.89 $25.06
 DURABLE GOODS 1,058.80 1,149.30 -90.50 1,083.73 42.2 43.9 -1.7 42.3 25.09 26.18 -1.09 25.62
 NON-DUR. GOODS 912.06 956.16 -44.11 910.40 39.5 41.5 -2.0 39.6 23.09 23.04 0.05 22.99
CONSTRUCTION 1,205.60 1,154.03 51.57 1,199.17 40.0 38.7 1.3 40.2 30.14 29.82 0.32 29.83
                   
ALL EMPLOYEES                        
STATEWIDE                  
TOTAL PRIVATE 1,071.68 1,058.49 13.19 1,047.80 34.0 34.2 -0.2 33.8 31.52 30.95 0.57 31.00
GOODS PRODUCING 1,239.03 1,245.27 -6.24 1,235.58 39.0 40.3 -1.3 39.2 31.77 30.90 0.87 31.52
   Construction 1,239.94 1,196.98 42.96 1,192.28 38.4 38.8 -0.4 38.3 32.29 30.85 1.44 31.13
   Manufacturing 1,228.85 1,268.96 -40.12 1,252.51 39.5 41.2 -1.7 39.8 31.11 30.80 0.31 31.47
SERVICE PROVIDING 1,041.66 1,024.78 16.88 1,016.28 33.1 33.1 0.0 32.9 31.47 30.96 0.51 30.89
   Trade, Transp., Utilities 850.86 907.69 -56.83 867.24 32.6 33.2 -0.6 32.9 26.10 27.34 -1.24 26.36
   Financial Activities 1,864.66 1,825.78 38.88 1,714.21 38.0 38.6 -0.6 37.0 49.07 47.30 1.77 46.33
   Prof. & Business Serv. 1,279.82 1,249.92 29.90 1,267.00 35.6 35.6 0.0 35.5 35.95 35.11 0.84 35.69
   Education & Health Ser. 937.90 906.50 31.40 933.40 32.6 32.1 0.5 32.5 28.77 28.24 0.53 28.72
   Leisure & Hospitality 443.50 429.94 13.56 436.64 25.8 25.9 -0.1 25.7 17.19 16.60 0.59 16.99
   Other Services 821.93 750.61 71.32 810.85 32.5 31.9 0.6 32.1 25.29 23.53 1.76 25.26
LABOR MARKET AREAS: TOTAL PRIVATE              
   Bridgeport-Stamford 1,164.34 1,197.81 -33.47 1,135.93 33.7 34.4 -0.7 33.4 34.55 34.82 -0.27 34.01
   Danbury 917.75 1,015.68 -97.93 934.73 33.3 34.5 -1.2 33.3 27.56 29.44 -1.88 28.07
   Hartford 1,117.34 1,092.72 24.62 1,086.06 34.7 34.8 -0.1 34.5 32.20 31.40 0.80 31.48
   New Haven 1,010.87 954.53 56.35 993.18 33.1 32.6 0.5 32.8 30.54 29.28 1.26 30.28
   Norwich-New London 824.83 828.43 -3.59 810.57 31.7 32.5 -0.8 31.7 26.02 25.49 0.53 25.57
   Waterbury 868.68 870.13 -1.45 873.76 34.2 35.4 -1.2 34.4 25.40 24.58 0.82 25.40

The 12-month percent change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U, U.S. City Average, not seasonally adjusted) in October 2017 was 2.0%. Information for the manufacturing production workweek and earnings can be found in the table section of this release under the “Hours and Earnings” data category. Current all-employee private sector hours and earnings estimates can be volatile due to fluctuating sample responses.
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 Labor Force / Residents Employed / Residents Unemployed
Based on the Local Area Unemployment Statistics model (LAUS - a statistical model using the CPS – Current Population Survey residential data), the number of Connecticut unemployed residents, seasonally adjusted, decreased by 1,500 (-1.7%) over the month to 85,600 in October. Over the year, the number of the state's jobless residents has decreased by 1,200 (-1.4%). The state's labor force decreased by 7,900 (-0.4%) over the month, but continued to expand over the year (17,300, 0.9%). This is the fourth consecutive drop in the state's labor force.

October 2017 seasonally adjusted average weekly initial unemployment claims for first-time filers in Connecticut decreased by 591 claimants (-14.9%) to 3,365 from September 2017, and were lower by 487 claims (-12.6%) from the October 2016 level of 3,852.

Month  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Jan   1,919.9 1,742.8 177.1 1,904.7 1,748.2 156.5 1,863.5 1,713.3 150.2 1,871.4 1,739.1 132.2 1,898.9 1,783.4 115.5 1,890.3 1,786.5 103.9 1,892.2 1,807.2 85.0
Feb   1,919.4 1,742.9 176.5 1,902.1 1,746.0 156.1 1,861.5 1,712.9 148.6 1,874.0 1,743.6 130.4 1,898.7 1,785.1 113.6 1,891.2 1,787.6 103.5 1,901.4 1,812.0 89.4
Mar   1,918.0 1,742.7 175.3 1,899.2 1,742.5 156.7 1,860.9 1,713.6 147.4 1,876.5 1,748.0 128.5 1,897.4 1,786.2 111.3 1,891.7 1,788.8 102.9 1,911.7 1,819.9 91.7
Apr   1,915.9 1,742.3 173.6 1,895.7 1,737.9 157.8 1,861.9 1,715.5 146.4 1,878.9 1,752.2 126.7 1,895.2 1,786.4 108.8 1,892.2 1,790.2 102.0 1,922.5 1,828.9 93.6
May   1,913.7 1,742.0 171.6 1,892.0 1,732.8 159.2 1,863.8 1,718.2 145.6 1,881.1 1,756.3 124.8 1,892.4 1,786.1 106.3 1,892.5 1,791.8 100.6 1,929.1 1,834.0 95.1
Jun   1,911.8 1,742.3 169.4 1,888.1 1,727.9 160.2 1,865.7 1,720.9 144.7 1,883.4 1,760.3 123.2 1,889.5 1,785.3 104.2 1,892.5 1,793.8 98.8 1,933.1 1,836.1 97.0
Jul   1,910.5 1,743.3 167.2 1,884.3 1,723.8 160.6 1,866.8 1,723.2 143.6 1,886.0 1,764.1 121.9 1,887.2 1,784.5 102.8 1,892.1 1,795.9 96.2 1,933.1 1,836.6 96.5
Aug   1,909.8 1,744.9 164.9 1,880.8 1,720.8 160.0 1,867.2 1,725.1 142.1 1,888.8 1,767.8 121.0 1,885.9 1,783.7 102.2 1,891.3 1,798.2 93.1 1,923.2 1,831.0 92.2
Sep   1,909.3 1,746.5 162.8 1,877.4 1,718.8 158.6 1,867.0 1,726.8 140.2 1,891.6 1,771.4 120.2 1,885.6 1,783.3 102.3 1,890.1 1,800.2 89.9 1,914.0 1,826.9 87.1
Oct   1,908.7 1,747.9 160.8 1,874.0 1,717.3 156.6 1,867.0 1,728.9 138.1 1,894.4 1,775.0 119.4 1,886.3 1,783.4 102.9 1,888.8 1,801.9 86.9 1,906.1 1,820.4 85.6
Nov   1,907.7 1,748.7 159.0 1,870.3 1,715.9 154.4 1,867.6 1,731.5 136.1 1,896.6 1,778.3 118.4 1,887.7 1,784.2 103.5 1,887.5 1,803.2 84.3
Dec   1,906.2 1,748.6 157.6 1,866.7 1,714.5 152.2 1,869.1 1,735.0 134.1 1,898.2 1,781.1 117.1 1,889.2 1,785.3 103.9 1,886.2 1,804.1 82.1
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 State of Connecticut Unemployment Rate vs. United States Unemployment Rate
The October 2017 unemployment rate for Connecticut is estimated at 4.5% (seasonally adjusted), down one-tenth from September 2017 and down one-tenth of a percentage point from a year ago when it was 4.6%. The US jobless rate in October 2017 was 4.1%, down one-tenth of a point from 4.2% in September.
Month 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons
Jan  7.0 7.8 0.8 9.0 9.8 0.8 9.2 9.1 -0.1 8.2 8.3 0.1 8.1 8.0 -0.1 7.1 6.6 -0.5 6.1 5.7 -0.4 5.5 4.9 -0.6 4.5 4.8 0.3
Feb  7.2 8.3 1.1 9.0 9.8 0.8 9.2 9.0 -0.2 8.2 8.3 0.1 8.0 7.7 -0.3 7.0 6.7 -0.3 6.0 5.5 -0.5 5.5 4.9 -0.6 4.7 4.7 0.0
Mar  7.5 8.7 1.2 9.1 9.9 0.8 9.1 9.0 -0.1 8.2 8.2 0.0 7.9 7.5 -0.4 6.9 6.7 -0.2 5.9 5.4 -0.5 5.4 5.0 -0.4 4.8 4.5 -0.3
Apr  7.7 9.0 1.3 9.1 9.9 0.8 9.1 9.1 0.0 8.3 8.2 -0.1 7.9 7.6 -0.3 6.7 6.2 -0.5 5.7 5.4 -0.3 5.4 5.0 -0.4 4.9 4.4 -0.5
May  7.9 9.4 1.5 9.1 9.6 0.5 9.0 9.0 0.0 8.4 8.2 -0.2 7.8 7.5 -0.3 6.6 6.3 -0.3 5.6 5.5 -0.1 5.3 4.7 -0.6 4.9 4.3 -0.6
Jun  8.1 9.5 1.4 9.1 9.4 0.3 8.9 9.1 0.2 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.8 7.5 -0.3 6.5 6.1 -0.4 5.5 5.3 -0.2 5.2 4.9 -0.3 5.0 4.4 -0.6
Jul  8.2 9.5 1.3 9.1 9.4 0.3 8.7 9.0 0.3 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.7 7.3 -0.4 6.5 6.2 -0.3 5.4 5.2 -0.2 5.1 4.9 -0.2 5.0 4.3 -0.7
Aug  8.4 9.6 1.2 9.1 9.5 0.4 8.6 9.0 0.4 8.5 8.1 -0.4 7.6 7.3 -0.3 6.4 6.2 -0.2 5.4 5.1 -0.3 4.9 4.9 0.0 4.8 4.4 -0.4
Sep  8.5 9.8 1.3 9.1 9.5 0.4 8.5 9.0 0.5 8.4 7.8 -0.6 7.5 7.2 -0.3 6.4 5.9 -0.5 5.4 5.0 -0.4 4.8 4.9 0.1 4.6 4.2 -0.4
Oct  8.6 10.0 1.4 9.2 9.4 0.2 8.4 8.8 0.4 8.4 7.8 -0.6 7.4 7.2 -0.2 6.3 5.7 -0.6 5.5 5.0 -0.5 4.6 4.8 0.2 4.5 4.1 -0.4
Nov  8.8 9.9 1.1 9.2 9.8 0.6 8.3 8.6 0.3 8.3 7.7 -0.6 7.3 6.9 -0.4 6.2 5.8 -0.4 5.5 5.0 -0.5 4.5 4.6 0.1
Dec  8.9 9.9 1.0 9.2 9.3 0.1 8.3 8.5 0.2 8.2 7.9 -0.3 7.2 6.7 -0.5 6.2 5.6 -0.6 5.5 5.0 -0.5 4.4 4.7 0.3

The nonfarm employment estimate, derived from a survey of businesses, is a measure of jobs in the state; the unemployment rate and labor force estimates are based on a household survey, and measure the work status of people who live in Connecticut. Overall, as the national and state economies recover, volatility in monthly numbers can be expected. Job and employment estimates are best understood in the context of their movement over several months rather than observed changes in a single month's value.

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